Internet dating for young people
All that choice can be overwhelming, caution the experts.
“People tend to become consumers of people where they’re always looking for the next best thing and treating people like objects,” says Brooke Sprowl, LCSW, an individual and couples therapist in Los Angeles.
If you’re kinda into that sweet swiping sensation, you’re not alone.
The number of 18- to 24-year-olds digitally dating has almost tripled from 10 percent in 2013 to about 30 percent today, according to recent data from the Pew Research Center—no surprise, considering there are now dozens of dating apps to choose from.
Plenty of people are still meeting each other the old-fashioned way (in person), but online options can make the dating pool feel a little broader and may be beneficial for those who are on the introverted side.
Just like anything else, though, online dating has its pros and cons.
“That can be really significant for trans or gay folks who might be more of a minority on campus,” he says.“My concern is that they’re not developing the skills to go out of their comfort zone and approach someone.Instead of facing our anxieties, it can be really easy to escape them [by going] on a Tinder bender.”And of course, it’s not always clear what people online are looking for.“Online dating apps teach people today that appearance is more important than personality,” says Amir D., a second-year undergraduate student at the University of New Brunswick.Physical attraction is indeed the biggest factor determining interest in a dating profile for both men and women, according to a 2016 study published in .